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Synonyms for sham

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fake, sham, postiche(noun)

    something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

    impostor, shammer, imposter, fraud, pretender, postiche, faker, juke, role player, pseudo, fake, pseud, hairpiece, false hair

    genuine, echt

  2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player(adj)

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

    histrion, fraud, imposter, pseudo, fake, dissimulator, faker, player, pretender, fraudulence, juke, role player, hoax, dissembler, put-on, humbug, shammer, actor, pseud, hypocrite, phoney, phony, postiche, impostor, dupery, malingerer, thespian, skulker

    genuine, echt

  3. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham(verb)

    adopted in order to deceive

    "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

    off-key, fancied, fake, mistaken, imitation, sour, delusive, fictive, simulated, put on, fictional, assumed, false, faux, fictitious, fabricated, pretended, untrue

    echt, genuine

  4. simulate, assume, sham, feign(verb)

    make a pretence of

    "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

    pretend, adopt, take for granted, arrogate, get into, accept, strike, dissemble, take on, imitate, acquire, usurp, simulate, assume, put on, presume, affect, feign, take, model, take over, seize, don, take up, bear, wear, copy

    genuine, echt

  5. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"

    bear upon, make believe, mask, touch, cloak, touch on, strike, dissemble, move, assume, involve, pretend, venture, simulate, impress, affect, hazard, feign, act, impact, guess, profess, bear on, regard, make

    genuine, echt


  1. sham(adjective)


    sincere, genuine, real

  2. sham(adjective)

    To deceive, cheat, lie.

    You were shammed by the pool shark.


    sincere, genuine, real

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sham

    Pretense (Latin prætendo) primarily signifies the holding something forward as having certain rights or claims, whether truly or falsely; in the good sense, it is now rarely used except with a negative; as, there can be no pretense that this is due; a false pretense implies the possibility of a true pretense; but, alone and unlimited, pretense commonly signifies the offering of something for what it is not. Hypocrisy is the false pretense of moral excellence, either as a cover for actual wrong, or for the sake of the credit and advantage attaching to virtue. Cant (Latin cantus, a song), primarily the singsong iteration of the language of any party, school, or sect, denotes the mechanical and pretentious use of religious phraseology, without corresponding feeling or character; sanctimoniousness is the assumption of a saintly manner without a saintly character. As cant is hypocrisy in utterance, so sanctimoniousness is hypocrisy in appearance, as in looks, tones, etc. Pietism, originally a word of good import, is now chiefly used for an unregulated emotionalism; formalism is an exaggerated devotion to forms, rites, and ceremonies, without corresponding earnestness of heart; sham (identical in origin with shame) is a trick or device that puts one to shame, or that shamefully disappoints expectation or falsifies appearance. Affectation is in matters of intellect, taste, etc., much what hypocrisy is in morals and religion; affectation might be termed petty hypocrisy. Compare DECEPTION.

    affectation, cant, dissimulation, formalism, hypocrisy, pharisaism, pietism, pretense, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony

    candor, frankness, genuineness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, sincerity, transparency, truth, truthfulness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sham

    phantom, ghost, delusion, illusion, mockery, shadow, pretence, counterfeit, unreality

    substance, reality, verity, substantiality, truth

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sham(v. a.)

    feign, pretend, make pretence of

  2. sham(n.)

    imposture, imposition, trick, fraud, feint, delusion, humbug, pretence, clap-trap

  3. sham(a.)

    pretended, false, assumed, counterfeit, mock, spurious, clap-trap, make-believe, not real

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sham(a)

    counterfeit, spurious, pretended, dummy, unreal false, mock, simulated

  2. sham(n)

    pretense, feint, delusion, imposition, mockery, fraud, imitation, dissimulation, simulation

  3. sham(v)

    feign, pretend, imitate, personate, dissimulate

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How to use sham in a sentence?

  1. Marc Short:

    The American people are tired of this sham.

  2. Andrew Cuomo:

    In New York, we won't be intimidated by frivolous court actions from a group of lobbyists bent on chipping away at commonsense gun safety laws that many responsible gun owners actually support. We have an obligation to protect New Yorkers, and this sham suit will do nothing to stop New Yorkers.

  3. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a sham marriage and the reason is simple: good will on both sides, paul Ryan is a conservative; has been all his life, and is committed to certain conservative principles.

  4. Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

    It's hard to imagine a trial not having documents and witnesses, if it doesn't have documents and witnesses, it's going to appear to the American people that it's a sham trial.

  5. Gavin Newsom:

    These trumped up charges were always a sham -- a blatant attempt by the Trump administration to prevent more automakers from joining California and agreeing to stronger emissions standards.

Translations for sham

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  • زائفArabic
  • Imitat, verstellen, Mogelei, Betrug, Schwindel, FälschungGerman
  • απάτηGreek
  • falso, fingido, fingirSpanish
  • huijaus, jäljennös, väärennös, huiputus, petosFinnish
  • feinte, astuce, tricher, ruse, tromper, tromperie, mentir, faux-semblantFrench
  • दिखावाHindi
  • álHungarian
  • fasullo, falsoItalian
  • 真似事, ごまかし, まがいものJapanese
  • imitatie, oplichterij, kwakzalverij, bedrog, nepDutch
  • udawanyPolish
  • păcăli, păcălealăRomanian
  • мошенничество, жульничество, подделкаRussian

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